May 4 Communiqué & Announcements

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Hello summer and hello Sunnysiders!

The summer winds are blowing and the trees (now that they have leaves) are gently swaying! Alright, so much for my poetry!  We do have one wonderful weekend coming up.  I am also hearing that you have choices as to where you will be this weekend.  It is time for the annual Norwest ASI convention at the coast and the Oregon Adventist Men’s Choir will be there, and here in Portland, PAA is hosting their spring alumni gathering.

In case you are choosing to stay at Sunnyside, we do have a special worship service planned around Jesus’ “Parable of the Lamp” as recorded in Luke 8:16-18.  Brooke Benfield will be back as our guest organist as will be our Suunyside Choir.  Oh yes, and its potluck!!!!

In case you have not heard, Dorothy and I are going to be taking a many years delayed six-week sabbatical starting this Sabbath afternoon.  In our absence, you will be celebrating a special program that we have labeled “The Seven Sabbaths of the Cross,” which will each progressively focus on one the seven sayings of Jesus from the cross.  The speakers will be Pastors Jonathan and Shirley as well as Dave Allen and Al Reimche.  Musical selections for each Sabbath will correspond to the topic.  I will be back to culminate the series with week seven when Jesus uttered His last words, “Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit (Luke 23:46).”

Pastor Jonathan has been appointed as temporary Executive Pastor while I am out.  We’ll see you our return to Sunnyside.

Pastor Scott 

News & Notes

This Weekend
The Week Ahead
Church Announcements
Prayer Requests
This Week’s Celebrations
Coming Events
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Scott LeMert will bring us the sermon entitled The Parable of the Lamp.

Immediately following the second service today we will enjoy a fellowship potluck. Plan to stay, enjoy good food, and great fellowship.

Our photographer will be taking photos in the Youth Room from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you haven’t had your picture taken for our photo directory, today would be a good day to do so, or if you need a re-take, Ben will be happy to do that as well. Stop in and find the best time available for him to take your picture.

Our Church Directory is now available via the Sunnyside Church website at If you have a smartphone, you may also download an app from your phone store called “My Church.” Questions–call the office 503-252-8080.

“Let the graduation season begin!” The Adventurer children, parents, and teachers are honored to invite you to their Investiture Ceremony, this afternoon at 2 o’clock. Please join us in the Sanctuary for an hour of sharing memories through pictures and stories, and express our gratitude for your continuous support in prayer, funds, and teaching various awards.

Pathfinder Investiture will be at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come and see the exciting things the Pathfinders have been doing all year and join in celebrating their awards.

Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, directed by Travis Hatton, will present a concert tomorrow, May 5, at 4:00 pm, here at Sunnyside.

 The Week Ahead

Sunset: Today  8:22 pm  •  Friday  8:29 pm


12:45 pm Fellowship Potluck
1:00 pm Living Last Supper Rehearsal (Room 63)
2:00 pm Adventurer Investiture
2:00 pm Women’s Chorus Rehearsal (Room 82)
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:30 pm Pathfinder Investiture (Fellowship Hall)
6:00 pm Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)

Sun, May 5: 4:00 pm Symphony Orchestra

Tue, May 7: Noon Bulletin Deadline
6:30 pm  Pathfinders
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)

Wed, May 8: 10:00 am FaithLift – Job 22 & 23 (Room 21)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer and Readings (Prayer Room) Last Day Events by Ellen       White – Chapter 5 “Devotional Life of the Remnant”
6:30 pm Children’s Ministries Council (Room 60)
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Ted Mackett
7:30 pm Concert: Oregon Symphony presents Classical Up Close
7:30 pm Facilities Committee (Workroom)

Thr, May 9:
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Room 82)
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Room 82)

Fri, May 10: 6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)

Sab, May 11:
Sermon:  Father, Forgive Me – Pastor Jonathan

11:01 am Children’s Church (Fellowship Hall)

 Church Announcements

Our Church Directory is now available via the Sunnyside Church website at Go to the menu along the left side, click on the “Church Directory,” and register for an account with your main email address. You will then be able to view the directory and update your own information. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the Church office. If you have a smartphone, you may also download an app from your phone store called “My Church.”

Children’s Ministry Council will meet Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall.

May 8, 7:30 pm, Sunnyside Church is hosting the Oregon Symphony. They will present a program called “Classical Up Close.”

Children’s Church will be May 11, 11:01 am, in the Fellowship Hall. The focus is God. The experience is real! What will Pharaoh do? Come and find out. Bring a friend.

The Southern Adventist University Wind Symphony, conducted by Ken Parsons, will present a concert here on Sabbath, May 11, 5:00 pm. Titled “My Father’s World,” the concert features music evocative of the glories of God’s creative powers. Come – and invite your friends!

Big Lake Camps are coming! This is a favorite place for many of our kids during the summer months. If you can help sponsor a camper this year, please contact Richard Gingrich or Pastor Shirley.

The annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency meeting will have its annual constituency meeting May 20, 2013, 7:00 pm, in the PAES Gymnasium. Our Sunnyside Church delegates are: Dianna Blue, Silvia Bokich, Dean Browning, Carl Buchanan, Marcia Dunham, Grant Geschke, Konnie Geschke, Heidi Hill, Wanda Krein, Harold Lang, Bob Manley, Ana Marin, Chris Marin, Devi Petersen, Kevin Petersen, Rajamma Philip, TW Philip, Norm Price, Brenda Siaw, Edson Simon, Madeline Simon, Elena Tapu, Andre Wang, and Phyllis Woods. The agenda will include: 1) Worship/Prayer, 2) Minutes for May 2012 meeting, 3) Finance Report/Budget 2013/2014, By-Laws Review, and 6) Administrative Report.

The PAES Board members are Jackee Duvall, Cecily Geschke, Kimberly Goodwin-Helton, and Pastor Shirley. If you have questions about the school, feel free to ask one of them. Financial questions can be directed to Devi Petersen and Cecily Geschke who are on the PAES Finance Committee.

Sunnyside will celebrate its 32nd Annual Strawberry Vespers, Sabbath evening, June 22, 6:00 pm.  It will be a program with great music from some of Portland’s finest musicians. Plenty of good fellowship, and lots of strawberry shortcake to follow.  Come, bring your friends, and join us for a wonderful evening.

SunnyShare Cooperative – There is a table located in the hallway near the Fellowship Hall for food, extra produce, and goods from Sunnyside homes and gardens to share.\

Prayer Requests

Bob Brunese, Johnetta Fuller (Danette’s sister), Norval Gryte, the families and friends of those who died and were injured at the Boston Marathon. All who have financial, spiritual, and health needs. Special prayer for the meetings Don Reynolds is holding at CherryWood Village.

For comfort and peace . . .

For the family and friends of Vava Johnstone who passed away last Sabbath, April 20, 2013. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Chapel this afternoon at 2:00 pm.

This Week’s Celebrations

Today: Mary Lou Copeland  Sunday: Taina Allen, Rosa Flores, Herbert Hanson,
Tracey Krueger, Fred Moor Jr., Rachel Stout, Allana Westermeyer  Monday:
Jennifer Bechtel, Nikolaus Ghaffari, Max Overland  Tuesday: Norman Price,
William Russell, Shelley Sanders, Jake Scholz-Jackson Wednesday: Stephen Brothers, Thomas Sauser  Thursday: Alan Amerman, Gordon Wescott Friday: Allison Cheng, Lynelle Hatton, Devi Petersen

Coming Events at Sunnyside

May 5, 4 pm
Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, Travis Hatton, director

May 8, 7:30 pm
Oregon Symphony presents “Classical Up Close”

May 11, 11:01 am
Children’s Church in the Fellowship Hall

May 11, 5 pm
Southern Adventist University Wind Symphony

May 12, 3 pm
Oregon Sinfonietta, Donald Appert, director/conductor

May 18, 7 pm
PASO Portland Adventist String Orchestra

June 22, 8:45 am and 11:15 am
Living Last Supper

June 22, 6 pm
Strawberry Vespers

June 23,  Noon-4 pm

June 24-28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Vacation Bible School 


Portland Adventist Academy

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Portland Adventist Academy is bidding a fond farewell to five staff members: Gale Crosby, Lynda Logan, Greg Phillips, Kathy Rey, and Terry Verlo. You are invited to a come-and-go farewell party for them on May 18 from 4:00 – 7:000 pm at PAA (1500 SE 96th Avenue, Portland, OR 97216).

Portland Adventist Elementary School
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May 20, 7:00 PM – PAES Constituency Meeting (PAES)

Area Events

May 11, 4 pm: Tabernacle Church, Carl Parker & Friends Spring Benefit Concert, “No Better Friend Than Jesus.” Contact: Julie 503-360-6575.

May 16-June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm: Lents Church presents Communication and Marriage Enrichment seminar – $10 Fee. Register at 503-774-7290 or email

May 17-18: Hudson Hall, Willamette University, Salem. Revolution Weekend Youth Conference showing teens what it means to be transformed by the love of God. Seating limited to 400, first come, first seated. Signed permission slip/waiver required.

June 17-20: Oregon Conference Board Room hosts “Certified Senior Advisor Training” (CSA), Register by March 30 to receive SDA reduced rate – 888-828-9209 or

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received April: $27,378 / Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $279,498/ YTD Budget: $330,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $39,265

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